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Mar 21, 2011 12:00pm EDT
of u.n. security council resolution 1973. u.s. and british forces launched 12 tomahawk land attack missiles, targeting command-and-control facilities service to skirt -- a scud facility and a re-attack of the previous air site. forces from france, spain, italy, denmark, and united kingdom, with missions to sustain a no-fly zone in benghazi, to protect civilians from attack, and conduct further reconnaissance. coalition naval vessels sustained maritime controls toward u.n. security council resolution, to prevent the illegal shipments of arms to and from libya. iss our actions are generally achieving the intended objections. we have not observed a libyan military aircraft operating since the beginning of operations. the naval vessels have returned to or remain in port. cents initial strikes, no regime long range air defense radars. air attacks have succeeded in stopping regime ground forces from advancing to benghazi and we are now seeing ground forces moving southward from benghazi. we will, of course, watch these ground force movements closely. through a variety of reports, we know
CSPAN
Mar 28, 2011 5:00pm EDT
-- the intelligence service for the u.s., the intel community, works very hard to provide the administration, whatever administration is, with the best information possible and available at that moment. whoever has the best information likely is going to make the best decisions in the best interest of the u.s., which is not to engage in war overseas. there is a tendency to think that is what we're doing, that are warmongers. the real world is, unfortunately, more difficult. i would argue that thegency, you know, is a tool used by any administration to enhance transparency, to minimize the risk that people face overseas, that the government faces overseas. then again people will be watching this. ey will think hey that mike baker is pretty subjective. hostmimike baker a >> president obama is speaking about libya later today from national defense university. ahead of the speech, the associated press wrote that the white house made it clear that it was not a precedent for involvement in other nations that hold strategic interests for the u.s.. we will have the president's speech
CSPAN
Mar 14, 2011 12:00pm EDT
on c-span3. now for live coverage of the u.s. house. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the chair lays before the house a communication from the speaker. the clerk: the speaker's rooms, washington, d.c. march 14, 2011. i hereby appoint the honorable john campbell to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, john a. boehner, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 5, 2011, the chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning hour debate. the chair will alternate recognition between the parties with each party limited to one hour, and each member other than the majority and minority leaders and the minority whip limited to five minutes each. but in no event shall debate continue beyond 1:50 p.m. the chair recognizes the gentleman from south carolina, mr. duncan, for one minute. mr. duncan: i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. duncan: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today
CSPAN
Mar 30, 2011 10:00am EDT
it is oil rich libya. u.s. naval and air forces attacked libyan military installations across that country, wiping out air defenses, intelligence systems, tanks, and also apparently is now targeting that nation's ground forces. under what policy is the executive branch operating without a vote of congress and expending millions of defense dollars and state dollars on offensive action taken inside a nation that did nothing provocative toward the united states and in fact last year was even a recipient of u.s. foreign aid? the president's justification for this action was that it was not an act of war but rather humanitarian mission to prevent a catastrophe that would have result interested libya's military forces under the command of libyan president gaddafi from taking the civilian center. our president says he did not act alone. as french, british, canadian, and other western nato members participated in these attacks. the president informed congress that future operations will be handled by nato. who exactly decided all of this? not congress. if this is not an act of war, f-16's
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Mar 21, 2011 5:00pm EDT
mentioned that the most widely felt earthquakes in the u.s. work i 18 -- were in 1811 and 1812, and we believe it was about a magnitude 7. again, we look at the potential for exceeding that. we all sort of for the likelihood that that event occurs. that also accounts for background seismicity, which is common in the east, which is seismicity which cannot be attributed to a specific fault. it is important to note that seismicity and the central and eastern u.s. tends to be in what we call seismic zones. which are not directly attributable to faults. and we account for all of the hazard in the seismic zones. one of the questions which has come up repeatedly is how many plants are near faults or how many plants are in moderate or high seismicity regions. and that is a very challenging question to answer, because these seismic zones are not well-defined boundaries. the faults that were the positive faults of the 1811 and 1812 earthquakes have never been identified. in part, because they are under the deep sediments of mississippi. so we have to account for the uncertainty in the locations.
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Mar 29, 2011 10:00am EDT
the safety of u.s. nuclear plants, we do have to consider how events such as those at fukushima affected the ability of our nation's nuclear freedom, 104 reactors, to supply electricity. of course, these 104 reactors currently account for about 20% of the electricity that we use and what the future of nuclear energy will be as part of our nation's energy banks. events at fukushima are changing by the our. they are serious, and we are watching those events unfold on the other side of the world. our knowledge at best is incomplete. as we look forward to these experts and forming a committee on what they see at the plant, how would impact our nation must existing fleet of reactors, and answer questions the committee members might have. before i introduce our two -- our first panel, we have four witnesses, two on this first panel and two on the second trip before i introduced the panel, let me call on senator murkowski for comment. >> let me welcome those who are presenting today. i appreciate the time is of the hearing this morning, or this oversight this morning, as we try to bett
CSPAN
Mar 22, 2011 10:00am EDT
. what we see now is an emphasis on recruiting americans were residents in the u.s. to become operative spirit and i think that is challenging the model we use for security. >> secretary ridge, the homeland security department was created eight years ago today. do you think this combination, this hybrid combination, has been an effective tool? a lot of people have complained about the intelligence of the organization and by layering we have created more stovepipes, not fewer. but in the case of homeland security, despite all the complaints, looking back, do you think that this has come together into a coherent agency? >> i think we have to go back and take a snapshot of what government look like right after 9/11. clearly the executive branch and congress were struggling with what is the best way to recalibrate and reconstitute this organization? the challenge around that is there were a lot of discussions as to what was appropriate to put in the agency. since that time, the one component that people still have some difficulty with is the federal emergency management agency and where it
CSPAN
Mar 17, 2011 1:00pm EDT
u.s. military occupation of predominantly muslim countries. that's not to justify what they do, but it is to clarify the condition that we have in afghanistan. for how long are we going to continue to dedicate hundreds of billions of dollars and thousands of lives before we realize we can't win afghanistan militarily? at the end of the year, the administration and u.s. military leaders were touting peace talks to end the war with high level taliban leaders. these leaders turned out to be fake. a november, 2010 article in "the new york times" detailed joint u.s. an afghan negotiations with a man the u.s. claim was one of the most senior commanders in the taliban. according to "the new york times" the episode underscores the uncertain and even bizarre nature of the atmosphere in which afghan and american leaders search for ways to bring the war to an end. leaders of the taliban are believed to be hiding in pakistan, possibly with the assistance of the pakistani government, which receives billions of dollars in usaid, unquote. how can we claim a cornerstone of our counterinsurgency str
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Mar 14, 2011 5:00pm EDT
, served as member of the u.s. house of representatives from 1949 to 1973, and also served as house minority leader from 1965 until he was nominated by the president and confirmed by congress to serve as president richard nixon's vice president. representative ford was a highly represent respected member who was well liked by his colleagues. he was the first person actually selected to fill a vacancy in the vice-presidency under provisions of the 25th amendment. upon president nixon's resignation in 1974, mr. ford assumed the presidency and served until january 20, 1977. he is the only person to have served as president without first having won a national election. . title 2 allows each state to have no more than two statues to represent their state in the u.s. capitol. the ford statue, like that of other former u.s. presidents will be displayed in the capitol rotunda following the presentation ceremony on may 3, 2011. h. con. res. 27 follows the customary practice of accepting the statue into the collection and setting the date for use of the rotunda for the ceremony. i urge all me
CSPAN
Mar 18, 2011 1:00pm EDT
air strikes on tanks and artillery and at the same time u.s. officials cautioned the united states and allies intend to limit their involvement, allowing for no troops on the ground. the libyan story, japan story, and the budget situation at home. the continuing resolution that punts the decisions on the budget until the beginning of april. they left town this friday morning. we would like to hear which of these stories are most important to you this friday morning. let's begin with a call from san antonio, texas. robert on the independent line. caller: am i on? good morning. i wanted to say that the most significant story i believe is what is happening in the middle east with all of these uprisings and the people wanting democracy. i find it very significant, even though all of these things are happening across the world like japan, i find this very significant because even though america has not intervened with these countries to try to make than democracies, they themselves have tried to make themselves free of dictators and other powers that they did not have control of. host:
CSPAN
Mar 28, 2011 12:00pm EDT
breach that the u.s. takes such action is designed to prevent the violations from recurring. in terms of a treaty based obligation, that is our focus but i am not aware of one of the nature that you are discussing. >> we can certainly agree there is an agreement under hil -- ihl to respected. to respect to means that you issue respect for the agency be they cia armed forces, whoever is acting for them to and robert jacks were the will have to respect that. that certainly means that these people who are acting for the state will have to know who those are. internally, the instructions have to be pretty clear. accountability is not a possible if the details are not disclosed, at least to some extent, to the public. i think we can construct an obligation to -- and here to clear standards that are being applied -- and here to clear standards that are being applied. >> prof. austin, rick, thanks. >> i have a lot that i would like to say, but i will not. i will focus on this specific issue of the cia and its accountability which i think is critical here. we are discussing drones here
CSPAN
Mar 18, 2011 10:00am EDT
discussions across u.s. history. sunday night at 8:00 p.m., our guest is the president and ceo of the partnership for new york city. she is also a member of the federal reserve bank of new york. she will discuss the role of the federal reserve bank and other topics. thank you very much for being with us on an interesting friday morning. we will be back tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2011] [captioning performed by national captioning institute] >> the turn of events in libya today, the country has declared a cease-fire in their attacks on anti-government rebels, possibly in response to the action by the u.n. last night. the security council declared a no-fly zone of the country, voting authorize all necessary measures to protect the libyan people, including air strikes. the associated press reported about one hour ago that libya's foreign minister announced a ceasefire and stoppage of all military operations, saying it will take the country back to safety and ensure security for all libyans. he also criticized the authorization of inter
CSPAN
Mar 15, 2011 5:00pm EDT
that anybody could come to the united states, all you have to do is sign up at the u.s. council in your u.s. embassy in your home country. and we'll send you, we'll give you a visa to come to the united states. we can say. that we could bring anybody in that wanted to come in. but why do we say no? because there's a limit. we have asked the question here in this congress and in previous congresses, asked and answered the question, first, how many are too many? and what kind of people do we want to encourage to come here and what kind of people do we want to discourage from coming here? these are the questions. we have all kinds of people involved in this debate that don't have the slightest idea how to begin to answer those questions. they just say, oh, my compassion compels me to be for open borders, my heart bleeds for people that aren't as fortunate as americans are so therefore i'm just going to be for turning a blind eye or granting amnesty so that i don't feel guilty that everybody can't live on the american dream like we all do. well, things have changed. things have changed
CSPAN
Mar 15, 2011 10:00am EDT
of u.s. citizens alan gross to 15 years in prison is a clear reminder of this. this deplorable act is another illustration of the regime's willingness to use human beings as political pawns to advance its destructive agenda. the united states and all responsible nations must demand immediate relief of alan gross and all prisoners who remain wrongfully imprisoned in castro's gulag. i am proud to say that despite the challenges and the passing years, cuban americans remain undeterred in our fight for freedom, justice, and democracy. mr. speaker, i join in the support of these resolutions and again urge that a date be set to honor the courage, the achievements, and the legacy of cuban americans in the glorious united states. thank you very much for the time, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois, mr. quigley, for five minutes. mr. quigley: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, montana is the home to the second largest coal plant west of the mississippi. one box car full of coal is burned every five minutes. the burning coal cr
CSPAN
Mar 29, 2011 5:00pm EDT
field of conflict, it would not matter how credentialed i was. environmentalists or u.s. senator, i would take my lead from those who had been on the ground. make no mistake, i feel as if we are in a war here at home. in this battle, we look to you as our commander. on that map, those constituents, your troops, they are sending you a message but we're not listening. while the map is not scientific, it does show firsthand experiences in providing us the data that we need. they are reporting to me for help, because they are concerned that the pollution in their towns is what's making them and their children sick. i will continue to work diligently to gather information and report what it is that they are seeing. this map, i believe, begs us all to do so. we must listen and learn from what these people in the affected communities are telling us. we can't just sit back in the safety of our off offices and our own homes and hear these stories and think that isn't possible. the reports say it can't happen. i'm here to tell you today, they do happen and they are happening. in april, 2010,
CSPAN
Mar 16, 2011 5:00pm EDT
, u.s. code, to ensure program integrity, transparency and cost savings in the pricing and contracting of prescription drug benefits under the federal employers' health benefits act. thank you, mr. speaker. . the speaker pro tempore: the chair is prepared to entertain one-minutes, after the house has maintained order. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from florida rise? ms. ros-lehtinen: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and stepped. the speaker pro tempore: you are recognized for one minute. ms. ros-lehtinen: i rise to recognize an extraordinary school in my south florida community, the miami help brew -- hebrew community. the academy was the first jewish day school in the southeastern united states. the hebrew academy has grown to over 600 students and served the educational and religious needs of our jewish families and students. in addition to a general education, the students of miami hebrew academy are taught the benefits of a strong israeli-american partnership and holocaust education.
CSPAN
Mar 24, 2011 1:00pm EDT
jobs elsewhere. elsewhere in europe and the u.s.. -- the east germany disparity comes from the fact that east german women, upon leaving high school, seek college in jobs elsewhere. this can be explained in other ways. that is the case for many european countries. i would not jump to it as causing anything quite frankly right now. >> given your work at u.s.a.i.d. and the issues around trafficking and looking at what are those disparities going to mean in some of these other dynamics we can agree are really important and once we would like to avoid. short of women, the importation and trafficking of women in terms of bringing in -- >> but look at where trafficking is occurring today. it is more associated with high- income countries -- japan and brides.rea to importwho import those countries do not have a disparity. what does it mean? i do not know what it means, but i think we have jump to conclusions quite a bit. maybe in the end it will pan out some kind of impact. it is a moral issue, and i think that is why people are attracted to it. we wanted to be a security issue, but i thin
CSPAN
Mar 31, 2011 1:00pm EDT
u.s., the u.k. or france about the existence of these war games which may have encouraged them to actions leading to greater repression and a humanitarian crisis? in short, was this war against gaddafi's libya planned? or was it a spontaneous response to the great suffering which gaddafi was visiting upon his opposition? congress hasn't even considered this possibility. nato, which has now taken over enforcement of the no-fly zone, has more from an organization which pledged mutual support to defend north atlantic states from aggression, they've moved from that to military operations reaching from libya to the chinese border in afghanistan. north atlantic treaty organization. we need to know and we need to ask what role french air force general and current supreme allied commander of nato for transportation may have played in the development of operation southern storm and in discussions with the u.s. and the expansion of the u.n. mandate into a nato operation. what has been the role of the u.s. african command and central command in discussions leading up to this conflict? what d
CSPAN
Mar 23, 2011 5:00pm EDT
of yesterday, there were 175 aircraft sorties, 113 which for u.s. and 63 coalition. the number has increased just from three days ago when we were flying at 15% coalition sortie rate. air defense activities, we have degraded the libyan strategic surface to air missile systems. we believe the air defense system elements are severely degraded or destroyed and have been by these coalition forces. we have seen no related surface to air activity associated with target acquisitions since strikes began on march 19. we will continue our focus on the regime's air force network that continues to pose a threat to coalition air operations enforcing the no-fly zone. but as i reiterated before, as i mentioned before, we are putting pressure on gaddafi's ground forces that are attacking civilian populations and cities. and while those ground forces are engaged in fighting in al- jabiya and misurata, they are threatening others. there is pressure from joint task force and odyssey dawn partners will continue. i am glad not to take your questions. >> this is bob from ap. i would like for you to the
CSPAN
Mar 16, 2011 1:00pm EDT
the wisdom of using u.s. postal records on abandoned houses and they developed a need-based formally. mr. sessions: i continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado. mr. polis: it's my honor to yield one minute to the distinguished gentlewoman from texas, ms. jackson lee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. jackson lee: we are facing a c.r. of $61 billion in cuts causing the loss of 800,000 jobs. what is more precious to america han the opportunity to own a home? the neighborhood stabilization program has gone into areas and recaptured neighborhoods, giving them a boost of energy that they needed. there is always the opportunity to for reform, mr. speaker. but i would simply raise the question, let's mend it, don't end it. let's not leave cities abandoned with broken down, shackled homes. that would in fact create more blight, more gang opportunities, more dangerous conditions and yes, hamp needs reform. but what does it mean to eliminate a program? of course the hamp has a grandfather provision but all america wants i
CSPAN
Mar 3, 2011 10:00am EST
according to "u.s. news and world report" the world's greatest children's and catastrophic illness research hospital. the republican budget that passed this house talks about a lot of issues, but it cuts $2.5 billion from the president's request for the national institute of health. $2.5 billion less than the president recommends. and $1.6 billion cut from last year. for the children and the adults and everybody who has cancer and needs a cure, which they are finding with the help of the n.i.h., st. jude, and other research hospitalses, that's -- hospitals, that's a death sentence. people will die. if there's a place the republicans should not cut, mr. speaker, it's the n.i.h. grants to find cures for cancer, for alzheimer's, for parkinson's, for diabetes, heart disease. i ask you for the living americans to not cut grants to the national institute of health and let us have lives that go further than they otherwise would because ever these crippling catastrophic illnesses. i yield back the remainder of my time. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentl
CSPAN
Mar 9, 2011 1:00pm EST
delinquency numbers represents significant across the board decreases of delinquencies in the u.s. moreover, loans over 30 days late are down. the short refinance option, which the republicans are trying to eliminate, we have begun to stabilize the housing market. these numbers could he inside with signs of recovery -- coinside with signs of recovery. mortgages worth more than their homes can refinance through a more affordable mortgage. this program allows lenders to write down at least 10% of the outstanding principal to bring payments down to affordable levels. according to core logic december of last year, more than 10% were underwater. we're no stranger to that in boulder county, colorado. this imposes hardships in our economy. we cannot risk another housing crisis and banking crisis by removing programs that help keep families in their home and keep the homes out of foreclosure. my friends on the other side of the aisle will argue that this program is fallen short of its original goals. i agree that this program is not perfect. instead of scrapping it entirely we should buil
CSPAN
Mar 2, 2011 1:00pm EST
u.s. service transportation trade between the united states, canada and mexico has increased 48.6%, a 13.8% increase in the past year alone. in december, 2010, imports were up from 41.9% compared to december, 2000, which imports were up 57.7%. currently this trade is valued at $66 billion annually, in an ever-increasing global market, the united states needs to ensure that our surface infrastructure can sustain the tremendous growth rate of trade so that we can maintain international competitiveness, create jobs and encourage economic growth in the united states of america. once again, mr. speaker, i rise in support of this rule and the underlying legislation. i applaud the republican leadership for following regular order, for the bipartisan nature of this bill, for republicans and democrats working together through the entire process and including the gentleman from, mr. dreier, the chairman of the rules committee, extending an unusual amount of time so that every single member has an opportunity to come to this body and not only voice what they believe is important to them, but als
CSPAN
Mar 2, 2011 5:00pm EST
, the cats lick up the milk but we have with us a genuine hero in the u.s. congress in congresswoman black from tennessee who won a coveted award just earlier this day. it's the golden turkey award. it's for the silliest, dumbest regulation that you can find. and i know the competition is going to be fierce in this category, but congresswoman black won it by plenty of extra as she got her award. and we're going to recognize her tonight for this award that she got which ties right into our subject of jobs and that is it you want to kill jobs, raise taxes on business owners, bury them in red tape, congresswoman black from tennessee. ms. black: thank you. and i'm so honored to unveil this new initiative from our republican study committee. this right here is the golden turkey award. and each month the r.f.c. will be bestowing this dubious award to highlight the most absurd, most ridiculous and obscure regulation that the taxpayers foot the bill to enforce and have to live by. and this month's golden turkey award goes to a regulation that i have been talking about in my district and here
CSPAN
Mar 11, 2011 10:00am EST
by the u.s. house of representatives.] the speaker pro tempore: on this this 242, the nays are 177. the bill is passed. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas rise? mr. hensarling: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent in the engrossment of h.r. 830 the clerk be authorized to correct section numbers, punctuation and cross references and to make such other technical and conforming changes as may be necessary to accurately reflect the actions of the house. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. for what purpose does the gentleman from california rise? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute for the purpose of making an announcement to our colleagues. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. dreier: meeb, the committee on rules is scheduled to meet on tuesday, march 15, at 3:00 p.m. to grant a rule which may limit the amendment process for consideration of h.r. 839, the hamp termination act of 2011, and h.r. 861, the nsp termination act. any member wishi
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Mar 8, 2011 5:00pm EST
ben affleck. i'm founder of the eastern congo initiative. it is the only u.s.-based grant-making and advocacy program entirely focused on working with and for the people of the eastern congo an area that carries the unwanted area of being the deadliest and most volatile region of the country and one of the deadliest in the world. . it has led to over 1,000 rapes being committed every month. international rescue committee estimates 5.4 million people have lost their lives in the conflict since 1998 with many under the age of five. not all were killed in combat but from the ravages, malaria and pneumonia, malnutrition and diarrhea. the efforts help protect the most vulnerable among the population, child soldiers, survivors of sexual violence. e.c.i. works with community-based groups focused on education, economic activity, legal reform. i thank you for your attention to congo and holding this important hearing. i request to submit a complete written statement for the record. today's hearing occurs on the 100 anniversary of an important day and it is important to call attention to the s
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Mar 23, 2011 10:00am EDT
. in the war against iraq, the u.s. war was committed from a headquarters in florida. they have a communications established with the commanders in the region in on the ground. host: what does it mean for the united states? guest: the and that is this is trying to hand off responsibility for the mission as quickly as possible. they wanted to do the things that only the united states could do, provide rapid command- and-control structure to get the operation going rapidly and effectively. and then to use the u.s. military firepower to destroy and dismantle gaddafi's command- and-control systems and particularly his surface to air missile capability. that is very important because no one -- everyone wants to minimize the danger to pilots enforcing the no-fly zone, and taking out those missile sites becomes very important to enable that. but that is the initial phase. that is starting to wind down if you look at the number of targets, the number of sites already it, i think this operation has been designed so that the u.s. could do the thing that the unit -- the u.s. can uniquely to
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Mar 17, 2011 5:00pm EDT
out of every 10 tons of coal mined in the year -- in every year in the u.s. is used for domestic electricity. so when they tell you we can't use coal any more because of environmental concerns, well, what are we going to do, because nine out of every 10 tons of coal that's used for electric generation. each person in this country and everybody that's paying attention uses 3.7 tons of coal a year. so what are we going to do without it if we don't have it? coal is the most affordable source of power fuel per million b.t.u.'s historically, averaging a quarter of the price of gas and oil. and there are approximately 600 coal generating facilities generating 1.4 generating units in manufacturing utilities across this country, according to the u.s. energy information. coal accounts for 62% of total energy and 32% of total energy consumption. that's all i want to talk about coal about. but it's important that we realize that we are dependent on that source of energy and we need to continue to use it until we come up with an alternative that's going to work and will be with us. and solar
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Mar 7, 2011 12:00pm EST
., reporting that more people had died in the villa, at what point does the u.s. say that now we are going to do something? how many people have to die? how many threats to their need to be to our energy needs? >> jake, i would simply say -- and remind you -- when you say that this has been a couple of weeks already, that is a remarkably short period of time from the time when colonel gaddafi was perceived to be, and was, in control of his country to the point where the international community is imposing substantial and punishing sanctions on him and his regime. the international community, speaking with one voice, calling for him to step down and cease the violence against his own people. we are talking about a matter of days and weeks that this has transpired within. i am aware of the ongoing violence. as the president just did with australia, we are again calling on the libyan regime to stoppin the in humane, brutal, unacceptable assaults on its own people. and for colonel gaddafi to step aside, as he has lost legitimacy in the eyes of his people and the world. >> i was not -- i
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Mar 16, 2011 10:00am EDT
cyops propaganda on u.s. senators, was also there and he made this observation, he said, general petraeus is giving us the charlie sheen counterinsurgency strategy to give exclusive interviews to every major network and keep saying we are winning and hope the public agrees with you. madam speaker, it was a compelling briefing. i hope all of us in the 112th congress will listen to people like professor pate, mr. ho, and mr. hastings, but most of all i hope we'll listen to the american people who are angry, disillusioned, and pleading with us to bring our troops home. they want us to do that so there will be no more staff sar get mark wells' deaths like the young man from congressman poe's district. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from arizona, mr. quayle, for five minutes. mr. quayle: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, i rise today to honor a man who was would delight and epitomized america's dream. never asked for anything in return. we here in washington talk a lot about the american dream. unfortunately we often talk about this dr
CSPAN
Mar 3, 2011 5:00pm EST
. this weekend on c-span3, live from the u.s. capitol, the 150th anniversary of abraham lincoln's first inaugural address, and we will go to s street to visit the home of woodrow and edith wilson, and an author will talk about dwight eisenhower and the buildup of the nuclear arsenal. it the complete schedule online at c-spanlorg/history. >> erection now to it yesterday's ruling on protests at a military funerals. this is about 20 minutes. -- t of the supreme court. we have been talking about the case in this morning with our callers. one of the things that stuck out is that there was room in the supreme court decision -- or language in the supreme court decision that seemed to indicate that states could further regulate your activity. do you agree with that interpretation, and if so, do you have plans to prevent that are combat that? >> well, i think there is language that hypothetically that -- they can. there is also language that indicates it has to be very narrow, not content-based and not impacting speech on public issues and they can no longer avail themselves of the argument that
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Mar 10, 2011 10:00am EST
quote this poll, a majority of voters for the first time support an immediate withdrawal of all u.s. troops from afghanistan or the creation of a timetable to bring them all home within a year. 14 months ago i asked a retired military general to advise me on afghanistan. i have asked him for his thoughts, and i will read some of them to you. back in november i emailed this general and i said, what do you think about the possibilities of being in afghanistan for four more years? and, mr. speaker, i am going to read his quote. i do not believe that 40 more years would guarantee victory, whatever that is. the war is costing money and lives all in short supply. mr. speaker, there's a retired lieutenant colonel in jacksonville, north carolina, which is in my district. he served in the united states marine corps for 31 years. his name is dennis adams. he wrote me a letter and the last paragraph of the letter i'd like to read to the house. i urge you to make contact with all the current and newly elected men and women to congress and ask them to end this war and bring our young men and wom
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Mar 9, 2011 10:00am EST
to be the next u.s. ambassador to china. we'll hear that announcement at 10:50 eastern on c-span two. staying live on capitol hill with the head of customs and border protection agentcy. -- agentcy. the house appropriations subcommittee is looking at increased spending for passenger and cargo screening at foreign airports. also at the budget attempts to save $100 million by reducing overtime pay for border agents. we take you live to that hearing now on c-span. >> securing goods so that when they arrive at the physical ports of entry we have done everything we need to do, identify as best we can, dangerous cargo. in fact, the yemen cargo plot with regard to packages and freight led to the same kind of changes that we saw a year earlier with regard to the processing of passengers as a result of the new tala attempt to blow up the northwest airliner over detroit. let me indicate what we have done and provide a very direct response to your question about how will this be funded. two major partnerships characterize our response, remember what, as you indicated, what happened in the y
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Mar 24, 2011 10:00am EDT
from weapons to ammunition to coroneted ground assault, assistance from the u.s. and other air forces. i am against it. i think, again, if the french and other allies feel they have a strategic interest in taking this battle on behalf of opposition all the way to tripoli, then let them land of the foreign legion in tripoli and let them take on this fight. this is what the french government wants. they have a greater stake in the outcome than we do come and they do not think the united states has a core strategic interests getting involved any more than the military has done so, despite the clamoring of the opposition. this is something that is really of no great consequence to the united states, and that our allies want to take on the responsibility for this fight, we should let them do so. host: let's conclude with this question. what do you think will happen in libya, and if or when he leaves, who is his successor? guest: unless he continues to get hammered by other air forces, other than ourselves, he will continue to hold on. there is some hope on the part of the secretary of defe
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Mar 4, 2011 1:00pm EST
happen in the future. in the u.s., they're not concerned so they lobby in a different direction. >> thank you. i will ask one more question. this is my second round. if you fast forward to today and look at the other end of the buchan, march 4, 2011, problems we have now, the chair has described moral hazard and the like. we talked about that. what did you do? i can anticipate your answers as i think you've given them, just to make it very clear on the record, what would you recommend march 4, 2011? >> briefly, first, i want to emphasize the things we have said. one, you need more capital. and that you need increasing capital has to be with the size of the bank's, the risk of too big to fail. it has to be that this distortion has to be eliminated. secondly, if you have a problem, you should play by the ordinary rules of capitalism. when you go into bankruptcy, you convert that to equity. it is really a version of the standard rules of capitalism. you look at the numbers back in citibank, they had enough long- term capital it was more than enough to manage them, more than we put
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Mar 2, 2011 10:00am EST
, liquidity facilities have also been profitable. we turned over to the u.s. government $125 billion in the last two years of profits. of course i want to emphasize that was not the purpose of the interventions. >> we'll not do it again. >> we are not doing it again. but we have i think managed at least well enough that the taxpayer can feel that they have gotten at least in this respect they have gotten their money back. >> thank you. ranking member. mr. paul. chairman of the monetary policy subcommittee. >> thank you, mr. chairman. let me just say a word about the deficit. the spending and deficit was a concern of mine in the early 1970's because i foresaw that after the breakdown of the branton woods we would have endless spending, deficits, financial bubbles and we have had that. as to whether or not we have military cane seism -- keynesianism, we do. i reject that as well as domestic moln -- domestic monetary canes yism. -- keynesianism. congress is at fault. they spend too much money. congress at times will say the fed's at fault. the congress and the fed are symbiotic, they have a sy
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Mar 31, 2011 5:00pm EDT
corridor for airspace that is sort of like having u.s. one going into new york city 20 or 30 years ago and not expanding or revising the capacity. so that's why we have this situation. that's why i strongly urge not the adoption of this, willing to work with the gentleman, and try to, again, make certain that the -- we do have quality aircraft. when we started this debate, and i don't want him or his constituents to suffer, anyone in the new york airspace, that this has to come to a conclusion. again, it effects everyone in the house of representatives because all 70 -- more than 70% of the chronically delayed flights start in this area and we have not been able to resolve this question. reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman from florida reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from new jersey. mr. garrett: can you tell us how much time remains? the chair: the gentleman from new jersey has four minutes. mr. garrett: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from new york, first. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. engel: i thank the gent
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Mar 10, 2011 1:00pm EST
the individual homeowners but also help to stabilize the overall u.s. housing market which is 25% of our economy. so it not only helps an individual, it helps the locality, it helps our country, it helps our economic strength. the result of ending this program would be hundreds of thousands of additional foreclosures and steeper price declines in our housing. it's outrageous. it's short-sighted, it's mean and it's wrong. now, in this program it would allow the borrowers to reduce the principal owed on their homes up to 10% so that their payments are lower, so that they can save money that they can't afford and in return the banks would get an f.h.a.-insured loan that is subject to all of f.h.a.'s strict standards. so to get this loan you're going to have to jump through hops -- hoops to be able to qualify and it is voluntary. just last week several major banks in america voluntarily walked forward to help out. citi bank, wells fargo, bank of america, to name a few. so the program is just getting started and the $50 million line of credit is like a line of credit you draw down on.
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Mar 3, 2011 1:00pm EST
proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.] the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 314. the nays are 112. the bill is passed. the bill is passed, without objection a the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. mr. hoyer: i ask unanimous consent to speak out of order for one minute for the purpose of asking the majority leader about the schedule for the coming week. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield to my friend, the majority leader, mr. cantor. mr. cantor: i thank the democratic whip. the gentleman from maryland, for yielding. mr. speaker, on tuesday, the house will meet at 2:00 p.m. for morning hour and 4:00 p.m. for legislative business. on wednesday, the house will meet at 10:00 a.m. for learning business and recess immediately. the house will reconvene at approximately 11:00 a.m. for the purpose of receiving in a joint meeting with the senate the honorable prime minister of australia. on thursda
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Mar 24, 2011 5:00pm EDT
something of a down payment. this is a social policy for the u.s. government and that means the taxpayers should be supporting that. it does not have to run on private sector ideas or incentives. it is a government-backed system but we have to be sure that it is on budget and is cabined so taxpayers will not suffer excessive losses. we have a description of the non-prime loans that should be available to people under such a system and that would provide the kind of government backing with risk-taking by the taxpayers. for prime loans, for people who want to buy homes other than through a government program or cannot afford to buy homes that saved the down payments necessary to buy homes, that can be done entirely through the private system. as i said, alex pollack will have to leave early and will talk about principle four, what happens to fannie mae and freddie mac. >> thank you. fannie and freddie will, over time, sees to exist as gse's. it is clear that if we want to get to the overall housing finance sector which we should have which is mostly a private market although it do
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Mar 1, 2011 5:00pm EST
the next day that the chinese were selling off some of their u.s. bonds, some of their debt from our country, what immediately came to my mind, if i were china and i were holding our debt, and i saw that the president of the united states, despite making almost daily speeches about how we're getting spending under control, it would be irresponsible, he says, not to get spending under control, and then he reveals his budget and it's spending $150 million being -- billion more than he did last year, i'd start is hing off our debt, too. i'd be thinking, these people are so crazy. i mean, the dollar is the currency of the world. nations around the world have been advising us as friends, look, you don't realize what you're doing but people are getting ready to dump the dollar as a reserve currency for one reason, well, two reasons. one, a lot of them are jealous. but, number two, we're being irresponsible with our economy and with our spending. and so i couldn't help but vote no today on the c.r. with my friend from iowa. and i also -- i heard a lady yesterday talking about 30 people had
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Mar 24, 2011 7:32pm EDT
u.s. financial house in state of disoer. we have been talking about this since 1986. gramm-rudman hollings -- that is what really took out and became a big issue. the balanced budget amendment to the constitution. what do you think whitman guest: look, i am not against a balanced budget amendment but the problem is there will be so many loopholes that i am not sure it will be effective. in my view, we ought to be thinking about having a limit on how much debt as a percentage of the economy the u.s. can take on. a constitutional limit. in addition, we need statutory budget controls like i have been talking about that would hopefully keep us from ever approaching that constitutional limit. we can think about a line item veto. we can think about making sure that federal spending is actually for somhing that has a national purpose. you would be shocked, federal money are spent for things that don't have a darn thing to do with something of national significance. host: this tweet from james -- guest: first, the fair tax proposes to elimite the income tax, to eliminate the payroll tax,
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Mar 8, 2011 1:00pm EST
satellite corp. 2011] >> the u.s. house meets today at 2:00 eastern for general speeches. legislative work starts at 4:00. members will consider bills designating dentists and vetenarian as emergency responders and disasters. tomorrow the congress will hear from the australian prime minister in a joint meeting. we'll have a live coverage of that at 11:00 eastern. on wednesday members begin kuwait on eliminating mortgage relief. transportation secretary ray lahood is on capitol hill this afternoon. he's testifying before the senate transportation committee. about his department's 2012 budget request. c-span3 will have live coverage beginning at 2:30 eastern. >> the new way to get a concise review of the day's events it's "washington today" on c-span radio. every week day we'll take you to capitol hill, the white house, and anywhere news is happening. we'll also talk with the experts, the politician mrs., and -- politicians, and the journalists. the stories that matter to you the most every week day on c-span radio. can you listen in the washington-baltimore area at 90.1 f.m. and nationwide
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Mar 23, 2011 1:00pm EDT
brookings institution. i am always very interested in your opinion on what the perceptions of the u.s. in egypt currently are, and whether there should be debate on how the u.s. might help in these very delicate, politically transitional phases, especially to the point you're making about the choice of political systems. thank you. >> in the back. yes, please. over here? any? microphone here. >> thank you for joining us. the youth movements in egypt have been largely described as the power of the use. is there something about this that challenges cultural norms of respect for the elderly and the community? also, have these events inspired scholarship on the region in the arab world? >> i will go backwards on this. those are interesting questions. first of all, on scholarships, i think most of the scholars were not prepared for this either. i think everyone is trying to get their other books finished before the start to think about this, and a lot of the other books for about the persistence of authoritarianism, so in my best to forget about that all together. [laughter] >> it is interesti
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Mar 1, 2011 10:00am EST
expense to the u.s. taxpayer. this bill, which passed the house by voice vote last congress, commemorates the creation of a unique form of service that creates peace through people-to-people diplomacy. it doesn't cost the taxpayers a single pennyism urge my congressional colleagues to honor america's commitment to peace by having swift passage of this timely legislation. today as we mark this significant milestone in america's history, i urge each of you to join me in honoring your constituents who have served in and are supporting the peace corps funding so that we can usher in the next generation of americans who want to serve this country. i yield back the remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. murphy. mr. murphy: mr. speaker, currently u.s. families spend about $1 billion per day on imported oil. we import about 1.6 billion barrels from politically unstable nations with corresponding instability in prices. which influence our dollars, our economy, and sometimes our soldiers having to look at defending these areas. now,
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Mar 22, 2011 5:00pm EDT
include ensuring that they comply with the u.s. -- with the security council mandate. >> so are you just watching them as proof -- are you watching them? >> we are conducting a wide range of operations across libya. i will not talk about the specifics. certainly the 32nd brigade is always considered in the calculation on how we expand the no-fly zone and how we conduct operations in the future. >> can you give us your assessment as of now of the libyan air forces? how many fixed wing and helicopters have you destroyed and will you try to destroy as much capability as possible before you get to the point where you can get the no-fly zone where you want it? >> well, when we began this, my estimation is that his air force is not generally in good repair compared to what you would consider most world standards for air forces. he had a lot of equipment that was old, much of it was sitting parked in the runways and it could not be used. he was effectively employing a tactical air force, a helicopter air force i would say on the order of several dozen rather than large numbers. when we began th
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Mar 25, 2011 1:00pm EDT
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Mar 8, 2011 10:00am EST
it every day when you were at u.s. the. it is the fact what we proposed was broadening the base, simple phiing the code, eliminating or greatly reducing these tax expenditures. bring down rates, and using some money to truce deficit. we went to what's called a zero-based plan. and if you eliminate all these $1.1 trillion worth of tax expend chures. i call them ear marks. you-all have been so bold to get rid of the -- but we have $1.is trillion we're spending in the tax code. it's just spending by another name. but if you eliminated those, you could actually take rates from 8% and 14% up to 210,000 so . you can go to a territorial system that will bring those trillions of dollars back to the country that are captured overseas and bring them back over here. lastly, we do have to cut spending. and we have to cut spending wherever we find it. we can't just deal with domestic discretionary spending. you know, the democrats, as near as i can tell from reading a paper, are talking about the cut. and the republicans are talking about billions in cuts. i can account my budget 1.6% tonigh
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Mar 17, 2011 10:00am EDT
force, commander, u.s. forces afghanistan, stated, quote, i can understand the frustration. we have been at this for 10 years. we have spent an enormous amount of energy and money. we have sustained very tough losses and difficult, life-changing wounds. but i think it is important to remember why we are there, end quote. this is about our vital national security interests, mr. speaker. it is about doing what is necessary to ensure that al qaeda and other extremists cannot re-establish safe havens such as the ones they had in afghanistan when the 9/11 attacks were planned against our nation and our people. the enemy indeed is on the run. it is demoralized and divided. let us not give up now. let us not betray the sacrifices of our men and women serving in harm's way and they ask for nothing in return except our full support. dedicated servants such as my stepton and daughter-in-law lindsay, who served in iraq, and lindsay also served in afghanistan, dedicated servants such as matt and greg of our foreign affairs committee the majority staff who just returned from serving a year and w
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Mar 22, 2011 1:00pm EDT
amazing to watch everything from the u.s. across the u.s. in the middle east where these organizations are capable of putting their money in the same coffer and they have and to know exactly how to get their money to hamas to fund these organizations. that is something that is come out of the trials we can see organizations set up deliberately with the help of organizations internationally in egypt and elsewhere to raise money for hamas. so i kind of come out in between the two. i don't think you can argue that based on what we know that it is a hierarchical organization. i don't think that is the way it works but by the same token you can't say it is a movement that is loosely affiliated. it is something in between which is basically how a lot of organizations are modeled. >> i think it is interesting that this conversation is propelling itself and we don't need to ask too many questions to prompt a good lively conversation here. i want to ask one other question though. i think i sense a little bit of difference between you lorenzo and you tom. we haven't talked about the muslim broth
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